Why We Get Hangovers When We Drink Alcohol

Why We Get Hangovers When We Drink Alcohol

We all want to know the secrets to getting over hangovers, but have you ever wondered how you go from “Woo!” to “WOOOO!” to “Ugh…” in the first place? This video by Brit Lab explains the types of drinks that give the worst hangovers, why we get them and if there’s something we can do other than make (short-lived) promises to never touch alcohol again.

Most of us know the basics: the more alcohol we drink, the more likely the next morning could be quite dreadful. Obviously, tolerance levels will vary. More specifically, Brit Lab explains hangovers happen because first, alcohol makes us pee more and become dehydrated.

Then, its breakdown in the body releases nasty things like acetaldehyde and cytokines, which can be responsible for our general feelings of nausea and headaches. Plus, since the liver is busy processing the alcohol, it can’t produce as much blood sugar during your slumber. As a result, you wake up feeling tired, irritable, and generally feeling like death.

If you’ve overdone it, well, the internet has brewed up various cures (some work but most are ineffective), and everyone’s got their own remedies. If I can stomach it, I personally would enjoy a nice breakfast. Otherwise, just leave the blinds closed and talk to me in two days.

Why do we get hangovers? [Brit Lab]

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